A new study shows that not being in optimum cardiovascular health can not only affect the heart, but also mental health say researchers .
Researchers say they have found a link between metabolic syndrome and an increased risk for cognitive impairment in the elderly. The conditions of metabolic syndrome include excessive fat around the abdomen, high blood pressure, high blood glucose levels, high blood pressure, and low levels of High Density Lipoprotein .
During a span of five years, the mental health of more than 2,600 elders with metabolic syndrome was studied using a standard cognitive test that measures orientation, concentration, memory and other mental factors. Results showed 26 percent of patients with metabolic syndrome experienced significant cognitive decline, compared with 21 percent without the syndrome.
Thus researchers say the obesity epidemic would not only lead to more people having more strokes and heart disease and diabetes, but would eventually lead to more people having dementia.